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Looking Forward, Looking Back: Two Perspectives on Leadership, Culture, and the Sexual Health Movement

In the years ahead, Advocates will continue to be a dynamic leader in promoting the rights of youth to information, education, and services. I am deeply committed to our current, innovative work expanding adolescent access to contraception domestically and internationally; fighting homophobia in schools and communities across the United States; and using our policy work on the Hill and with the administration to advance the goals of our state and local partners.

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Ideological Earmarks and Deficit Hypocrisy

On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will vote to eliminate a program based on evidence in favor of one with no evidence of effectiveness. Earmarks are ok, as long as they are ideological.

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Who Put Failed Ab-Only Programs Back in Health Care Reform? And Why?

Why is there a $250 million “bonus” for failed abstinence-only programs kept in the health reform bill?  Was this a chit to be traded for the votes of Democrats like Stupak?

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Ab-Only May Help PreTeens Delay Sex

Research released this week on an “abstinence-only” program for young, urban African American preteens found success in delaying sex for up to 24 months, but does not support the failed ab-only-until-marriage programs of the Bush era.

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‘Twas the Night Before Conference, When All Through the House….

‘Twas the night before Conference, when all through the House…Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The amendments were hung by the manager’s chair, In hope that the votes soon would be there.

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Appropriations Bill Marks Victory for Sexual Health, But Vigilance by Advocates Is Needed

Important gains for sexual health realized in this week’s appropriations bill can only be sustained through the constant vigilance of the advocacy community.

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Stupak: Aberration or Power Outage in the Pro-Choice Movement?

Progress on health reform legislation forces us to mobilize to prevent passage of the Stupak Amendment. But our next step must be to take stock of why and how we got here in the first place.

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Ab-Only: Where Do We Go From Here?

The time has come for the Democrats to correct course and stop government funding of ineffective abstinence-only programs. How can congressional leaders continue to ignore the public health consensus about science-based programs?

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Dems Finalize Massive Increase for Ab-Only

Today, the Democratic controlled Labor HHS Appropriations conference committee report includes the full increase requested by President Bush for abstinence-only programs. Let’s call that what it is: a stunning disgrace.

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Presidential Candidates and Comprehensive Sex Education

When it comes to abstinence-only-until-marriage, The Republican presidential candidates are head-in-the-sand true believers, convoluted converts or, silent; Democrats are largely silent on the issue.

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